Ellwanger resided in his estate until his death, and the gardens were maintained by his descendants until given to the Landmark Society by Ellwanger's daughter, Helen, in the early 1980s. Many of the plantings are original, having been placed by Ellwanger and his family. Walking into the garden, one can experience the sights and scents that delighted the Ellwanger family for 115 years (1).
The Ellwanger Estate itself is used today as a bed & breakfast, through the effort of a historical restoration. The house was originally constructed in 1839 by James Hawks, before being purchased in 1867 by Ellwanger. The home offers four rooms, providing residents views of the beautiful garden and courtyards. Staying here also allows one access to the Ellwanger Gardens (2).